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Poster: Darkstarz117 Date: Dec 7, 2010 11:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 6-14-68 Primal Bliss

This is a review I originally posted at Transitive Axis and thought I would share it here as well.

This is one of those shows that everyone needs to hear. Play it loud. Make sure you remain fully seated and have that harness on. This is a monster of a roller coaster ride, that won't end for about an hour.

Feedback-> The Eleven-> Saint Stephen, Alligator-> Turn On Your Love Light-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> Drums-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)-> Feedback

I am not sure if this show is cut at the beginning or if the band really did start with Feedback. Either way, the only tape that circulates starts here. How many shows starts off so fierce? There is nothing to prove during this moment other than, yes, the Grateful Dead are the loudest band in San Francisco. Feedback slowly builds to The Eleven. If Garcia were a sniper, he would hit every target with this precise playing. It is rowdy, but precise. Every note has a purpose. Then the band calms down for the transition to the 3rd ever performance of St. Stephen. St. Stephen is energy packed. Garcia once again masters the lead in this song. Hard to believe that this song is still in the infant stage by the way the whole band syncs up.

The tape cuts, but is back just in time for the beginning of Alligator. This Alligator is really kind of standard for the era. Excellent, playing throughout the song. The vocals are sort of in the background compared to the guitar. This is still okay though. The guitar is entertaining enough for me to still listen to this. Alligator quickly morphs into a short drum segment which morphs into Lovelight. The Eleven was rowdy, but this is where the real rowdiness comes in. You get some excellent Pigpen vocals here. Then the band once again takes over, making this one of the more exploratory Lovelights that I have heard. Then the band gives the stage back to Pig. There is some good backing vocals in the call and return singing style of, "Turn on your lovelight, let it shine on me." The audience begins to clap a little overshadowing the band. This doesn't last long, as the 1968 Grateful Dead can overpower anyone, including it's own audience. In Lovelight you can hear Caution building up, even as Pig is still singing Lovelight. Before I know it, the band is playing Caution. This is the longest song of the set clocking in at just under 25 minutes. (I switched over to Fillmore West: The Complete Recordings Bonus Disc for Caution>Feedback. This is the only known SBD source of this entire concert.) Caution goes into drums that is pretty average for this era. When the band comes back it is on a rampage. Garcia once again plays precisely, and Weir does his best to keep up with him. Lesh is driving his bass, as the other 2 guitars begin to get a little spacey. Spacey here is nothing like 80's spacey, but breathing room for each other. Then out of the ashes of guitar mayhem, Pigpen picks up his harmonica and begins a new groove with the drummers. Then Pigpen returns to the vocals one last time before a fun jam that slowly gives birth to yet another Feedback.


http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-06-14.aud.lai.3897.sbefail.shnf
http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-06-14.aud.cotsman.16532.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: wineland Date: Dec 7, 2010 1:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6-14-68 Primal Bliss

Geez, I need a cardiologist after listening. Blood pressure must have spiked to 160/100 during periods of that. Time for a nap.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: Dec 7, 2010 11:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6-14-68 Primal Bliss

There have been several threads about this show over the years and it is referenced repeatedly by early era enthusiasts. The fact that it remains popular despite circulating only in rather poor quality is a testament to just how powerful this show really is. Definitely one of the all-time greats and an absolute must have for any comprehensive collection of essential 60s GD.

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Poster: midnightcarousel Date: Dec 8, 2010 7:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6-14-68 Primal Bliss

Man, when I first listened to this I didn't really "get it" but now I've listened to it like 30 times in the past two weeks. This show is fucking outrageous.

Everything about it is good! The feedback > eleven > st stephen is orgasmic! ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT LOVELIGHT AS WELL!

how can you beat a show that begins and ends with feedback! It's almost like birth/death, you always go back to the same place you started from....

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 9, 2010 6:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6-14-68 Primal Bliss

It's the best FB around, IMHO. Love the trs into the Eleven.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Dec 10, 2010 10:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6-14-68 Primal Bliss

Nice review WT. Also liked the guy after you who didn't quite agree. :)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 10, 2010 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 6-14-68 Primal Bliss

Hmmm...thanks for drawing my attn to these blasphemers who shall remain nameless and suffer for an eternity in obscurity.